Day 3 was another day trip of sorts as we crossed over to the other (dark? Not really, hihi) side of the river for a day of fresh (live!) fish, trolling around the KBS building, and an hour or so to rest our tita bones with the view of autumn colors to relax us.
- Noryangjin Fish Market. This was on Tin’s list and oh boy were we happy to have gone here. Noryangjin is supposed to rival Japan’s Tsukiji, but I won’t be able to tell the winner really since we only ate outside Tsukiji and didn’t venture the inside market when we were there last August. We explored Noryangjin though, and as a word of warning, this is not a place for fancy/open shoes and squeamish stomachs. A lot of moving, swimming things around, and then they are slayed on the spot, I am not even kidding. The market folk are friendly enough, and if you know how to haggle (like my Divisoria-trained sister), you should be able to get a lot from your budget. Don’t expect hole-in-the-wall level prices for your lunch though. What happens here is you pay for the seafood first on the first floor, then the stall would have a runner to lead you to one of the second floor restaurants, where you pay separately for the cooking.
The three of us had 4 pieces of abalone (grilled), 4 pieces of scallops (grilled), one giant fish (half sashimi, half grilled), 2 uni sashimi, and 2 baby octupi for sannakji/sashimi served with unlimited lettuce and kimchi, and that entire meal set us back KRW40k each. The freshness and taste was awesome and totally worth the price and the fishy taste on our clothes after. Side story: after we agreed on the price of the fish, the guy smashed the fish’s head three times with his metal rod, right there on the market floor in front of us. Not something we will forget in a hurry.
- KBS Building. After our market trip, we took the train a few more stops down and got off at the National Assembly Building station. A few meters walk and a sherbet stop later, we were in the KBS building, where we found the entrance to the free walking tour. Free, because you pay nothing, and free because you roam the place by yourselves, guided by a map. It was great that we were the only ones roaming the floor, so we got to play with being newsanchors/TV personalities/directors and such with no interruptions.
- Yeouido Park. Just outside was Yeouido Park, and standing on top of the KBS stairs, it’s already a breathtaking view. We meant to go to the Hangang Park so we can see the river, but that was on the other side of the city and we were tired, okay? So we trudged to the one in front of KBS. A lot of things you can do there with the locals, such as jogging or hiking. There’s even a bike rental place. But we found empty benches and just SAT there, people watching and yes, resting our tita bones while the wind wasn’t too cold yet and with the fall colors as our company.
We ended the day back in Myeongdong, trying to catch Lotte Town (and ultimately failing), but having a grand time anyway strolling the streets, gorging on street food.